Govt issues health advisory, tells people to avoid beverages, stay indoors

Excessive heat stress increases core human body temperature rapidly with damaging effects on the brain and other vital organs, leading to a decline in workers' physical work capacity. Photo: PTI

Wear loose, light-coloured cotton clothes, stay indoors and avoid drinking alcohol, tea and coffee, the government said on Monday (June 3) in a health advisory issued in view of the ongoing spell of a heatwave in parts of the country.

“Heatwave can cause adverse effects on human health, including other sectors,” the advisory, issued by the Health Ministry, stated as it suggested a series of Do’s and Don’ts.

The advisory asked people to use an umbrella or cap or towel when outside and frequently drink water and salted drinks like lassi, lemon water, fruit juice and ORS (Oral Rehydration Solution).

It also asked people to eat fruits such as watermelon, cucumber, lemon and orange, and take a frequent bath and reduce room temperature by using curtains, fan, cooler and air conditioner.


“Person feeling unwell, especially old aged, young children, pregnant women, those with pre-existing medical conditions, and outdoor workers, should be immediately shifted to a cooler place, put on minimum clothing, be sponged with cold water, applied ice packs wrapped in cloth, and transported to nearest health facility,” the advisory said.

It asked people not to venture out in the sun, especially between 12 pm and 3 pm.

India has been reeling under heatwave conditions over the past few days with the mercury crossing the 50 degrees Celsius-mark in Rajasthan’s Churu.

On Monday, Churu recorded 50.3 degrees Celsius being the hottest place in the country for the third consecutive day.

At present, heatwave conditions are prevailing over parts of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Vidarbha, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, the advisory stated.